Line of the Night: 1.21.14

Last night the Portland Trailblazers were reminded of the mistake they made in 2007 as Kevin Durant, the player they passed up on, scored an evening-high 46 points against Portland.

Last night the Portland Trailblazers were reminded of the mistake they made in 2007 as Kevin Durant, the player they passed up on, scored an evening-high 46 points against Portland.

The Brooklyn Nets improved to 8-1 in the new year at the expense of the Orlando Magic. The Miami Heat got an All-Star performance out of LeBron James as they bounced back from a loss to the Hawks with a win over the Boston Celtics.  The Pelicans win streak didn’t last long as the Kings went into New Orleans and earned a victory as two of the best young big-men went head to head.  The DeMarcus Cousins/Anthony Davis match-up was overshadowed by an career-high 41 points provided by the recently acquired Rudy Gay who pushed the Kings past the Pelicans.   The Portland Trailblazers lost back-to-back games as they fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder: 105-97, as the two best teams in the Northwest division duked it out to see who would have the best record in the division.  LaMarcus Aldridge (29 points and 16 rebounds) and Kevin Durant (evening-high 46 points) both gave MVP performances in the main event.  And the Timberwolves managed back-to-back wins as the defeated the Utah Jazz to pull to within one game of .500.  Kevin Love was 2 assists shy of the triple-double in the win. 

Rudy Gay posted a game-high 41 points as the Kings topped the Pelicans.

Rudy Gay posted a game-high 41 points as the Kings topped the Pelicans.

Kevin Durant made this one pretty easy.  Typically a 41-point performance is enough to earn Line of the Night, especially when it comes along with 8 rebounds and 5 assists, but on an evening when Kevin Durant is playing, don’t expect any stat line, no matter how impressive, to be a lock for Line of the Night.  Durant’s evening-high 46 points is the fourth highest total this season, and the top three scoring performances all belong to Kevin Durant, meaning he now owns the 4 best scoring performances of the season, all of which have been meted out this month!  It is especially impressive that this came in a game with extremely important implications in that the Thunder and the Trailblazers are battling it out for the best record in the Northwest division. 

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LaMarcus Aldridge played about as well as one can expect of any player, but it was not enough to top Kevin Durant and the Thunder.

LaMarcus Aldridge played about as well as one can expect of any player, but it was not enough to top Kevin Durant and the Thunder.

Top Performances:

Kevin Love: 19 points (7/15), 13 rebounds, 8 assists

Gordon Hayward: 27 points (10/17), 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals

LaMarcus Aldridge: 29 points (12/26), 16 rebounds, 2 assists,

Kevin Durant: 46 points (17/25), 7 rebounds, 5 assists

Rudy Gay: 41 points (16/25), 8 rebounds, 5 assists

Isaiah Thomas: 20 points (6/17), 11 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

DeMarcus Cousins: 18 points (6/10), 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks, 3 steals

LeBron James: 29 points (10/19), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

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